Estonian Olympian to receive Defense Forces medal

  • 2008-08-26
  • In cooperation with BNS

TALLINN- Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces Lt. Gen. AntsLaaneots is set to give a defense forces special services cross to TonisEndrekson, the silver medal Olympic rower.

"Rowing is a verydifficult and demanding event. One needs not only physical but also mentalendurance, to be able to suffer the pain of exertion at the decisive moment,said 2nd Lt. Imre Tiidemann, commander of the Defense Forces sports group.

PFC Endrekson, member ofthe Defense Forces sports group, will get the special service cross for hissuccessful performance at the Beijing Olympic Games where he won a silver medalin rowing double sculls together with Juri Jaanson. Endrekson will be decoratedwith the cross next week, the Defense Forces headquarters said.

Endrekson passed thecompulsory military service at the Parnu Independent Infantry Battalion and hasbeen a member of the Defense Forces sports group since last year.

The sports group was establishedat the Independent Signals Battalion in February 2006 currently has 18top-level athletes.

There were seven member ofthe Defense Forces sports group taking part in the Beijing Olympic Games.